Kindness and Coincidences

Last week I mentioned that I had an important post I wanted to share, but unfortunately my plans got rearranged at the last minute because I’m a dunce who wrote a wrong date in my calendar at work. Now that things are back on track, I finally got a free moment to write that post for you, and I’d like to tell you a little bit about kindness and coincidences.

First, I’d like to start with coincidences. Maybe about a year ago, I stumbled upon a blog called Dennis’s Diary of Destruction, and I was amazed when I started exploring it.

The blogger shares their life with a spouse and three dogs, and at the time, the blogger also had two cats.

The blogger also writes fiction.

Of the blogger’s dogs, one is a mixed breed, black and tan dog, who is queen of the household.

Another is a male sporting dog, who is also a major chow hound.

Does any of this sound familiar?

But here is the biggest coincidence of all. The blogger’s third dog is a rescued Vizsla who was found roaming a canyon. Yes. You read that right. This blogger adopted a formerly wild Vizsla – and his name is Dennis – the topic of the blog.

As you can imagine, I was floored, and I started to follow the blog.

Turns out, the blogger’s wife, Kelly, started to follow mine too. It began with comments, which led to emails about the similarities between Dennis and Meadow, and before I knew it, a young friendship was born. (Meadow seems to have brought a LOT of new friends into my life.)

And when Kelly was planning a trip to NY all the way from the west coast, she asked if she could stop by to meet me and the four-leggers, especially Miss Meadow, and it was then that I discovered yet another coincidence – Kelly’s family lives almost right around the corner from me.

Weird right?

During Kelly’s visit, I learned that she is into positive training as much as I am, she researches her dogs’ health and behavioral issues to death, like I do, and she questions trainers and vets alike when she hears something she doesn’t agree with, also like I do. And, she was thoughtful enough to bring along some dehydrated chicken treats for our dogs, which even got shy Miss Meadow to climb up on her lap. Not only did Nick and I get to visit with a like minded person, Meadow had a great socializing experience, and all three dogs enjoyed the chicken, every last crumb.

Not long after our guest left, Meadow’s mystery lump reappeared, which I thought was prompted by the new treats Kelly had shared. Unfortunately, it turned out the chicken did not cause the issue, and I’m not really sure why the lump appeared that night – it’s a puzzle that will hopefully be solved next time the lump does come back and our vet can remove it for good.

But wait, I bet you’re wondering how I know it wasn’t the chicken treats?

This is where the kindness comes in. I emailed Kelly to ask what brand she had brought along so I could buy some and try feeding them to Meadow again, but she informed me they were homemade.

Guess I wasn’t buying them.

However – even though Kelly had just returned home – that day – to her hubby and fur babies, who undoubtedly missed her, and even though she was jet lagged and probably wanting to sleep in, Kelly got up the next morning to hurry to the post office and send some more treats along so we could feed them to Meadow again last Wednesday night and try to get the lump to reappear.

How awesome of her was that? Thanks Kelly for trying to help Meadow, and thanks James, for writing your fun blog about Dennis and his friends – which helped me to find a new friend of my own. Oh, and unlike me, James has already gotten several of his novels in print, so if you want to learn more his work, CLICK HERE.

Lately, my life has been filled with an amazing string of coincidences…or just maybe…it’s something more


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14 Responses so far.

  1. Jodi says:

    That’s so very cool Donna. I’m always surprised by the kindness of people, in such a busy world and with so many people focused on themselves it is so nice when you receive kindness.

    Blogging does help make some awesome friendships!

  2. hello donna and the dogs its dennis the vizsla dog hay wow wot a koinsidense!!! that other dennises diry of destrukshun blog yoo ar deskribing sownds almost eksaktly like mine!!! i shud trak that other dennis down and hav a tawk with him!!! ok bye

  3. Pamela says:

    Wonderful story of coincidence and kindness. :)

    It brought to mind one of my favorite novels & films:

    I’d reply that George Emerson might say, “It is fate. But call it dogs if it pleases you.”

    • Donna says:

      I’ve never read or seen it, although I’ve heard the title.
      But I love this: “It is fate. But call it dogs if it pleases you.” :-)

  4. Hello Donna, Kelly and I have been like sisters since we met at 8 years old. I miss her in NY and despite my efforts, my career hasn’t brought me to CA yet. I’m glad that your pets brought you together.

  5. Sounds like a wonderful visit. I guess it was meant to be based on all of the coincidences. Kelly was very nice to send the treats. Are you sure it isn’t just chicken causing the lump?

    • Donna says:

      It didn’t come back when we tried the chicken again, but it was weird that at least two times the lump appeared after we had introduced a new food, so it might turn out to be only some weird sort of an allergic response. Unfortunately, our vet wants it out either way since he found mast cells in it and she’s already had one confirmed mast cell tumor, and because allergic responses generally don’t keep coming back in the same spot, but mast cell tumors do.

  6. what a wonderful story!
    It is DEFINITELY “something more”

    They say in “life there are NO coincidences” everything happens for a reason. You were meant to meet. People are put into our lives exactly when they are supposed to be, oftentimes for reasons not yet obvious.

    • Donna says:

      I’m in total agreement. There has just been too many weird (but in a good way) things going on in my life as of late to chalk them all up to coincidence. :-)

  7. Leslie says:

    I love it when things come together in ways that we don’t even notice at first but they build to something wonderful. There is an expression that we are not given the dogs we want but the ones we need – I wonder if that is also true of friends and friendship?

    Your new friend, Kelly, sounds like a very kind and gracious person. You are lucky to have found each other. (And I’m lucky to have found a new blog/writer to follow in the process. :)

    • Donna says:

      It’s wonderful to find kindness in others, especially on days like today when I just heard about the horrific shootings in Denver.

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